I neglect this blog far too much to call myself a blogger nonetheless, everyone knows the struggle of the writer. I fortunately seldom get writer’s block, my is problem is simply that I just don’t have data and time.
I sincerely hope that all my readers have been doing well since I last posted. The seasons are starting to change and perhaps our viewpoints too, which is usually good. The months have seriously Marched on… (See what I did there?)
One of the reasons why I chose to post this blog post so early in the morning is because I get night surfer data to use and currently the data struggle has been a little too real for me than what I’m used to. If you’re following the link via WhatsApp you most likely saw my status, “The Bohemian Poet returns after midnight. Stay Tuned!” I just wanted to sound like the M-Net commercial for Batman or something ridiculous. I mean the goal in life is to be your own superhero now isn’t it?
So, the main reason why I got you all awake at ungodly hours is that back in January I was scrolling and horsing around on YouTube when I discovered the following trailer for Love, Simon…
I fell in love with this trailer, and I was thrilled to learn that the movie is based on a book. I then managed to hunt down Simon VS. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli and I began reading… Now if anyone read the blog post, The Need To Read, will understand that I simply neglect books in general due to my shameful disinterest and lack of concentration. Needless to say, (probably due to all my data struggling) I thoroughly enjoyed this book and finished it reasonably quickly. Besides, how could I possibly watch this movie before reading the book?
If you had a look at the trailer you would have met the awkward yet captivating character of Simon Spier. He is quite a balanced boy which is the obvious advantage of having psychologists for parents. He is in his junior year at Creekwood High School, a school with their very own underground Tumblr page of secrets and confessions filled in by students themselves. A post on the creeksecrets Tumblr captivates Simon and leaves him dropping his email address in the comment section to the mysterious person he soon finds out to be “Blue.” Simon and Blue build a friendship via email that doesn’t revolve around their identities as such, but rather on only their true identities as young men.
This book was such a delight for me to read as I found it incredibly relatable. Simon and Blue are the same age as me, so it was enjoyable to be at the same sort of mindset as some of the characters. Becky Albertalli makes an exceptional effort to keep the lingo and phrasing of our time evident in her book, which gives it an overwhelming fresh feel. The humour in this book was just brilliant! As someone who unashamedly uses a lot of curse words, I loved the style of writing that Becky managed to squeeze into the pages of Simon VS. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda.
I give this book 5 Stars, and I totally would recommend it.
The movie seems to be coming out in South Africa towards June, although it has already released in the USA. Perhaps it’ll make its way to Netflix sooner. (I sure hope so!)
What I like about the movie, is that the casting is so diverse. They really made a special effort to cast more black people than the average movie and that is so comforting, especially in a teen movie about social issues.
So, if you haven’t got anything to read, make sure you check out Simon VS. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda! Happy Reading…
Yours in Madness.
The Bohemian Poet